Foose History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Foose is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when the family lived in Doultin and Shepton Mallet on either side of Fosse Way. The surname Foose is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree.

Early Origins of the Foose family

The surname Foose was first found in Somerset where they held a family seat from very early times. The name is first documented as early as 978, recorded as Fos.

Early History of the Foose family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Foose research. Another 112 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1284, 1327, and 1379 are included under the topic Early Foose History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Foose Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Foose are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Foose include: Foss, Fosse, Fos, Voss, Foose, Foos and others.

Early Notables of the Foose family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Foose Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Foose migration to the United States +

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Foose or a variant listed above:

Foose Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • George Foose, who landed in New York in 1795 [1]


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)


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